It’s the time of year when we pull the skeletons out of the closet for everyone to see! We had to look no further than our own buying department for ideas on how to set the scene with skeletons. Gale is an assistant buyer for Wally’s Party Factory, and inarguably one of Wally’s biggest customers during Halloween. We sat down with her to pick her brain about her favorite holiday.
Wally: Is it safe to say that Halloween is your favorite time of year?
Gale: I start looking on Pinterest for new ideas midsummer. I start to pull out all my inventory the first weekend of October. I lay it all out in my garage and the brain storming process begins. First to go up is my fencing and graveyard. The fencing not only serves as my area to decorate, but keeps the living out of my display! Lol I set up more as a haunt/spooky/creepy scene. I will continue to work on the display the whole month up until Halloween night.
Wally: Do you find yourself buying new decor every year?
Gale: Yes! I buy a new prop every year. It keeps me excited about the New Year AND my repeat trick or treats look for new each year. My basic foundation is always a cemetery but I like to move things around – so may not be “new” but I have a new layout.
Gale: I love my skeletons because you can prop them up, but my fave will be whatever I get new for the year. I always put out a few props that visitors can have a photo op with. For example I will sit a Man and Woman couple on a bench beside the table and the kids… if brave enough… will stand in front while the parents capture the fright!
Wally: If you could buy any prop at any price, what would it be?
Gale: Oh wow… anything? Well I like a lot of the animated props that use compressed air – these get to be well up into the thousands of dollars, so I don’t really know I would ever have a big piece like that. BUT to have a haunted attraction would be totally cool! Anything that is realistic gets me excited.